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HRB-funded projects win health literacy awards

22 May 2014

Two HRB-funded projects were among the five major prize winners at the 2014 Crystal Clear Health Literacy Awards.

Dr Sinead Duane, Dr Aoife Callan, Dr Sandra Galvin and Dr Akke Vellinga from School of Medicine, NUI Galway. Photo by Robbie Reynolds Photography.

Imelda Coyne and Geraldine Prizeman (both Trinity College Dublin). Photo taken by Robbie Reynolds Photography.

The HRB-funded winning projects were:

  • BugRun - a free iPad app that combines a game and video to educate children and adults on the issue of antibiotic resistance.
  • – a website that provides information and video stories to support children with long-term conditions won in the category of Best Project in a Hospital.

'Both of these projects illustrate the impact research can have if you package it for the right audience and communicate it effectively. I would like to congratulate the winners for making their research relevant and useful', said Graham Love, Chief Executive of the Health Research Board.

Both winners were funded under the HRB's Knowledge Exchange and Dissemination Scheme which is designed specifically to accelerate the transfer of research findings into practice and policy.

Speaking about Bug Run, Dr Akke Vellinga (NUI Galway) said,

'The opportunity provided by the HRB to translate the complex message of antibiotic resistance in a fun way was a great challenge taken up by our team. We hope this app will encourage a conversation about antibiotics between GP and patients'.

Bug Run can be downloaded from the iTunes store at and more information is available from the NUI Galway press release at the third link below this article.

Professor Imelda Coyne, the lead researcher on the SteppingUp project, (Trinity College Dublin), added,

'We knew from interviews with young people, as part of other HRB-funded research that young people moving from child to adult health services wanted advice, information, support and signposting in relation to their transition and they felt they encountered obstacles to having these needs met. The Knowledge Exchange and Dissemination award from the HRB enabled us to take those research findings and create a website called that met those needs, and helped us to make a positive difference to young people making this transition'.

Further information about all the award winners can be found at the website

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